2019 Domaine Oinea Luna Noire Extra Brut, Macedonia, Greece (750ml)

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Domaine Oinea is a hidden gem in the small town of Amyndeon, perched at over 2100 feet above sea level, and protected to the north by a mountain range full of conifers, lime trees and chestnuts. A world away from the frenzy of modern life, this corner of the world in Greece remains almost untouched. The land is composed mostly of limestone, calcareous sands and chalky stones. The continental climate with its hot, dry summers (with cool nights), and the cold winters, with ample rain and snow to guarantee water reserves; coupled with the presence of two lakes (acting as thermoregulators) and the presence of noble, native vines make it a magical place for winegrowing.

The vineyards are managed using organic practices and cover crops, including vetch, barley and mustard. In the cellar, spontaneous fermentations and non-interventionism rule. A blend of ungrafted Xinomavro (90%) and Assyrtiko (10%) from the Amyntaio appellation. The grapes were harvested by hand and whole cluster pressed in a basket press. Primary fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks with minimal SO2 and no chemical additives. Second fermentation in bottle, sur latte for 18 months. Released 1 month after disgorgement.

Pale straw yellow. Perfumed nose full of red fruit. Creamy mousse in perfect contrast with its bracing acidity. The palate is a mélange of red and black cherries, red apple and stony minerality. Beautifully balanced, with a floral note on the finely focused finish.

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